Throughout the six session series we will explore options for furthering student engagement through digital tools and project-based assignments.

The first five sessions will be thematically grouped workshops that will include a showcase of assignments, potential tools, and exercises designed to help you think about how you might incorporate similar approaches in your classes.

The series will culminate in a 2-day workshop where you will work with staff from River Campus Libraries to design and test an assignment for implementation in a future course. After the series, staff will follow-up with one-on-one support to make sure that you feel comfortable with both the technology and with using it in your course(s).


You may sign-up for multiple workshops, but space is limited. All workshops will be held via Zoom; links will be circulated at a later date. Please only sign-up for those you plan on attending.

Register at:  https://bit.ly/UofRDPP

Workshop Descriptions, Dates, and Times

  • Course Sites and Digital Publication, Tuesday, June 9, 10:00am-12:30pm
    Learn about the potential for creating dynamic course sites and creating public writing projects for your classes. You will be introduced to WordPress and hear from faculty using the platform in their courses.
  • Audiovisual Analysis, Thursday, June 11, 10:00am-12:30pm
    While students regularly engage with analysis of text, this workshop will focus on tools that allow for close and distant reading of time-based media, including videos and audio. We will look at Mediate, a tool developed by the DSL in collaboration with a film and media studies professor, to help students collectively–both synchronously and asynchronously–engage with audiovisual media.
  • Spatial Thinking and Mapping, Monday, June 15, 10:00am-12:30pm
    Location-based learning can help ground course content and projects in space and history. This session will include an introduction to StoryMaps, a tool for contextualizing data and writing about space.
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality, Wednesday, June 17, 10:00am-12:30pm
    Faculty and students across campus are engaged in thinking about how Extended Reality, the umbrella term for Virtual and Augmented Reality, can provide immersive experiences. Whether creating 3D models, a virtual world, or exploring the opportunities for using immersive spaces for increased engagement, this session will provide an overview of the tools available for extending your classes with XR.
  • Cultural Heritage Objects and Exhibits, Monday, June 22, 10:00am-12:30pm
    Whether creating online exhibits or engaging with primary source materials, the potential for digital projects that utilize cultural heritage materials range from basic to complex. This workshop will explore the range of digital materials available and the platforms–including Omeka and WordPress–that faculty are using to engage students with these materials.
  • Digital Project Design and Implementation, Wednesday, June 24, 10:00am-2:00pm and Friday, June 26, 10:00am-12:30pm
    Based on the tools and approaches discussed in the previous workshops, you will identify and develop an assignment for an upcoming course. You will draft the assignment, work with staff to learn the basics of the technology, test-run the assignment, discuss assessment for non-traditional projects, share your ideas with others in the workshop, and determine a path forward for implementation. Instructors will be available via Zoom on Thursday, June 25 to help with any technical questions that arise. NOTE: It is expected that those participating in this workshop will have attended at least one of the thematic workshops and have an idea for an assignment that utilizes one of the tools discussed in the previous workshops. Plan on attending both sessions for this workshop.